5 Reasons Why 12 Year Olds Shouldn't Have Social Media

5 Reasons Why 12 Year Olds Shouldn't Have Social Media

Save yourself from embarrassment now, kid.
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Recently, this little app called Timehop has ruined my life. OK, not really. But I've definitely been shown a lot of reasons why anyone under the age of 15 should not have any social media accounts. Now, I am not a parent, but I bet a lot of parents agree with me on this one. A lot of things have changed on the internet since I opened my first social media account at the ripe age of 12. I remember it just like it was yesterday, it was 2009 and Facebook was becoming very popular. I was setting up my account when suddenly it wouldn't let me select "1997" as my birth year because that would have violated Facebook's rule of being 13 or older to have an account. So being the rebel that I am, I selected "1995" as my birth year and went on my merry way to the heavenly realm of Facebook. Now I know why Facebook wanted me to be 13 and so I'm here to share why you should be just a little bit older to have any social media accounts.

1. You will be so embarrassed when you look back on your past photos, statuses and/or tweets.

Oh man. Timehop has made me cringe every single day since I installed it (I honestly don't know why I keep it around). All of those "Inbox me a number and I'll post a TBH about you!" or pictures of you making the duck face with your flare jeans, Sperrys and Aeropostale shirt. Trust me on this one, you won't want to be reminded of 6th and 7th grade. Leave those days where they belong.

2. Honestly, no one cares what you ate for breakfast/lunch/dinner.

For some reason I thought it was a really good idea to post a picture or status about what I ate for breakfast every day. Not a good idea at all. I don't know why I seemed to think that people cared that I had two bowls of Frosted Flakes for breakfast that morning. So, just know now that people may 'like' your photo, but they don't really care at all.

3. You'll be so embarrassed when you look back at your past photos, statuses and/or tweets.

OK, obviously this one is really important because I've already said it once. Your photos you post will actually make you want to hide under a rock when you're older –– I promise. Just save yourself a lot of pain and don't get any social media until you're at least 15, please.

4. No one needs to know what you're doing every second of the day.

As a seventh grader, I thought it was deemed OK to update my statues about six times per day to let the 20 Facebook friends I had know what I was doing if they ever needed to find me. If you just have to have an account, do us all a favor (including your future self) and don't post multiple times per day. Please.

5. There's a lot of bad people out there.

This is the most important reason of them all. We've all heard horror stories of kids being kidnapped because of things that happen on social media, and honestly I think it's because kids are too young and naive to tell the difference between an actual good person with good intentions and a person that seems like a good person with good intentions who is actually a "predator." I know we've all heard that you can't trust everyone you meet on the internet, and that's really true. Even as an older teenager I still get follow requests from people I don't know, and some of those people are really sketchy. So if you're going to have social media make sure that your accounts are set to private, and even then do not "friend" of follow anyone you don't know.

Now I understand why I wasn't able to create a Facebook account at 12 years old. Someone definitely should have stopped me. Back then I had no shame, but recently it has become increasingly popular for my friends to go back years on my profile and make those awful pictures resurface. So kids, listen to your mom when she says that you don't need a social media account. It'll save you a lot of embarrassment down the road, and protect your innocence for just a few more years.

Cover Image Credit: MomsMagazine.com

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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